After faking his own death, Homer meets a woman in the cemetery who turns out to be his mother. While he is shocked by her reappearance as he was always told she was dead, she harbors a deep secret.



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Episode credited cast:
Bart Simpson (voice)
Lisa Simpson (voice)
Carl / Electrician / Chief Wiggum / Cab Driver (voice)
Montgomery Burns / Waylon Smithers / Lenny / Reverend Lovejoy / Ned Flanders / Records Clerk / Gravedigger / Howard Cosell / Kent Brockman / Post Office Clerk / Joe Friday (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mother Simpson (voice)
Protestor (voice)
Bill Gannon (voice)
Maude Flanders / Protestor (voice)


To get out of cleaning a park as community service, Homer fakes his own death. When this results in the family's utilities being cut off, Marge puts pressure on him to reveal that he is alive. However, the spurious news of his "death" brings his long-lost mother - a hippie who is on the run from the law because of her activism against Mr. Burns - back to Springfield. Written by Anonymous

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Animation | Comedy





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19 November 1995 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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The final shot of Homer sitting on his car looking up at the stars was inserted by David Silverman, who felt that the emotional tone of the scene was such that no spoken lines were needed. See more »


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Simply Brilliant
30 June 2006 | by (Kent, England) – See all my reviews

This is one of the most touching episodes of "The Simpsons" I have ever seen. Homer's mother turns out not to be dead after all and he is reunited with her. But she is a wanted criminal on the run and Mr Burns wants her head on a silver platter...

All the cast do their usual great work, and Glenn Close makes a good guest appearance as Homer's Mom. But it's the ending that gets me the most - the writers and director made the right choice of not ending with any jokes at all, just with a still shot of Homer on his own watching the stars after saying goodbye to his mum. The music for this gets me every time and I start to blub like a little baby. The should have entered this for that year's Emmy 'cos it would have won fair and square! 8/10

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